Counterdrug Battalion $18M
in FY00 to equip and train the second and third dedicated, Colombian
Army counterdrug battalions. These battalions will give the Colombian
Army a complete counterdrug Army Brigade at Tres Esquinas, Colombia,
composed of three Army ground Battalions and supported with substantial
helicopter mobility from the State Department's portion of the supplemental.
In FY01, $3M will provide for further training and sustainment of the
Colombian Army counterdrug ground units.
Counterdrug Brigade Headquarters $1M
in FY00 for a counterdrug Brigade Headquarters to support the strategic
and tactical operation of the counter drug Brigade located at Tres Esquinas,
Aviation Infrastucture $8.2M
in FY00 and $5M in FY01 for a variety of critical aviation infrastructure
needs to support the UH-IN and UH-60 helicopters that will provide mobility
for the Brigade. Includes ground support equipment, hangers, fueling
Military Reform $3M
in FY00 and $3M in FY01 to provide the essential assistance needed by
Colombia to support their effort to restructure their military establishment
to be able to engage the drug threat throughout the country. Their effort
will restructure and improve planning, logistics, training, doctrine
development, strategy development, recruitment, and tactical and operational
Senior Scout $5M
in FY01 to support Colombia with additional US military airborne intelligence
on the drug threat.
Tracker Aircraft $7M
in FY00 and $3M in FY01 to modify two Colombia Air Force C-26 Merlin
aircraft by installing air-to-air radars and communications equipment.
The completed aircraft will give Colombia a capability to track and
intercept the hundreds of illegal smuggling aircraft that move the cocaine
for the HCL labs to the Colombian coasts for transshipment to the United
AC-47 Aircraft $1M
in FY00 to install a FLIR (infrared imaging system) in a Colombian AC-47
aircraft to greatly enhance the aircraft's ability to support night
operations against drug smuggling activities. $6.4M in FY01 to modify
an additional Colombian AC-47 aircraft with FLIR, night vision cockpit,
and weapons systems to provide additional airborne combat capabilities
against ground drug trafficking targets.
Ground-Based Radars $13M
in FY00 to install a ground-based radar at Tres Esquinas, Colombia,
to provide air control over the currently uncontrolled Putumayo region
of Colombia, where over 76% of Colombia’s coca cultivation occurs. $7M
in FY01 to upgrade and install another ground-based radar in Colombia
to support critical air interdiction operations.
Radar Command and Control $5M
in FY00 to provide Colombia a modern and operationally effective radar
command and control system capable of monitoring Colombian radars and
controlling the Colombian Air Force air interdiction operations throughout
$38.6M in FY00 to expedite construction of critical elements of the
US forward operating location being established at Manta, Ecuador. Limited
construction efforts will provide facilities at the existing Manta airport
necessary to support the operation of US Navy, Air Force, and Customs
aircraft. These US assets will provide airborne radar coverage of SE
Colombia and surveillance of the Pacific Colombian maritime region.
The radar information over Colombia is simply critical for successful
Colombia interdiction of the hundreds of air smuggling flights that
move cocaine from HCL labs east of the Andes to the northern and western
coastal regions. The FOL will also support critical maritime operations
in the eastern Pacific against the maritime smuggling of cocaine from
Colombia's western ports.
Andean Ridge Collection $3M
in FY00 and $4M in FY01 to support Colombia with critical intelligence
on the drug-smuggling activities.
Ground Interdiction $5M
in FY00 to start a Colombian program to control drug smuggling on the
major roads across the Andes and those roads feeding the northern coast
and western coast cocaine transshipment regions.